Khorosho,' Said Brezhnev

That means good, and it marked the tone as he finally met Carter

Jimmy Carter bounded exuberantly up a long staircase and burst into a gilded anteroom of Vienna's elaborate Hofburg Palace. But the long-awaited moment of encounter—Carter had been asking for it since he took office more than two years ago—had still not quite arrived. Five more minutes passed, and then Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev shuffled slowly from an elevator into the room. He looked slightly ill at ease, his left hand in his coat pocket, his right hand clutching his spectacle case. The delay...

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